Cosa fare quando si ha voglia di un furgone con tutte le caratteristiche sportive che MS-RT può offrire unite alla libertà di una casa su ruote? Basta camperizzare un Ford Transit Custom super personalizzato.
È esattamente quello che ha fatto un fan Ford di nome Steve North con un risultato è sufficientemente spettacolare. Se invece vi accontentate di un camper ”classico” sempre su base Custom per voi c’è sempre il Nugget.
Gallery: Ford Transit Custom Nugget
Aggressivo quanto basta
Il camper che è costato a North 77mila sterline, circa 86 mila euro, sembra molto più agile e cattivo del Ford Transit Custom classico. MS-RT il tuner ufficiale di Ford ha adattato, dunque, il suo nuovo pacchetto Transit Custom al camper.
Il kit completo include: grafiche personalizzate, doppio scarico e ruote da 18 pollici antracite. Sono stati aggiunti anche il navigatore satellitare, i fari allo xenon, il cruise control adattivo e la plancia in Alcantara.
Interni altrettanto sportivi
La livrea sportiva introduce a interni altrettanto sportivi, almeno per quanto sportivo può essere un camper.
I sedili sono bianchi con cuciture e inserti blu così come le cinture di sicurezza, completa l'atmosfera il grande volante tagliato in basso. Ma, mentre tutti questi componenti trasudano sportività, il resto degli elementi sono essenziali per l’abitabilità tipica del camper.
ll motore è il classico turbodiesel da 2,0 litri da 170 CV abbinato al cambio automatico a sei marce. Non molto in tema con l’aggressività sportiva del veicolo, ma adatto e comodo per le gite fuori porta.
Un campervan a tutti gli effetti
I sedili anteriori, per esempio, sono girevoli di 180°, mentre la fila posteriore diventa un letto. C'è anche una cucina completa che include un piano cottura, un lavandino, un piano di lavoro e tanto spazio per. Ulteriore spazio per dormire è dato dal tetto sollevabile che ospita una tenda/letto.
Gallery: Ford Transit Custom Camper Van MS-RT
Lifelong Ford fan builds dream £77,000 Transit Custom campervan
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 23 July, 2019 –Ford fan Steve North has taken delivery of a specially-commissioned dream Transit motorhome, crafted by the van manufacturer’s sporting and luxury converters.
What started life as a standard long-wheelbase Ford Transit Custom has been extensively converted and customised in a collaboration between two Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVMs) to become a unique fully-fitted campervan.
The racy MS-RT exterior styling and luxury inside from Wellhouse is the latest in a long line of Fords for Steve, who has had a lifelong love for the Blue Oval.
Aged 11, Steve would rush from school to his local tuning station in Stillington, N Yorks, where he would clean carburettors and tune Ford engines under the watchful eye of the owner, his best mate’s dad.
As soon as he had his driver’s licence, Steve bought a Ford Escort Mk 1 and since then he has driven many Fords, from Cortinas to Sierras and various Escorts.
He also built an Escort Mk 2 Rally car, which was a Group 4 BDG 2.0-litre from what was originally an ‘S’ registered shell. After entering it in a couple of rallies and sprints, he decided to sell it and set his sights on a campervan.
Commissioning the ultimate campervan
Steve, who lives in York, wanted a van that combined the style and performance of an MS-RT Transit Custom with the comfort and luxury of a Wellhouse campervan.
In conjunction with Ford QVM-accredited converter Wellhouse, Steve selected the exact specification he wanted. This included a full kitchen, luxurious seating area and an extendable roof for an attic bedroom. The bespoke campervan was also fitted with xenon headlights, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, Starlit Alcantara roof and Alcantara dashboard.
With the interior fitout being handled by Wellhouse, Steve approached QVM-accredited partner MS-RT to providing some serious visual style. MS-RT’s new Transit Custom package was adapted for the campervan specification, with a full body kit and anthracite 18-inch wheels backed up by a twin exhaust system and some bold graphics.
Inside, the Wellhouse seating package was given a stylish MS-RT white leather finish with blue stitching and seat belts.
Powered by a 2.0-litre EcoBlue 170PS diesel engine, and driven through a six-speed automatic gearbox, the final price for this unique vehicle ran to £77,000.
“I wanted an MS-RT Transit campervan built to my own specifications and my expectations are pretty high,” said Steve.
“I’m hoping to have some good times out exploring some Ford shows and motorbike shows – once my trailer has been built to carry my classic bikes – and I’m looking forward to travelling around the country seeking out new adventures.”
Ford QVM programme offers unrivalled customisation
Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) programme continues to grow at pace, with the number of accredited vehicle converters now totalling 35.
MS-RTis a Ford QVM-accredited organisation, a joint venture established by Malcolm Wilson – the driving force behind M-Sport – and specialist converter Van-Sport. The venture brings together experienced designers, advanced production techniques and skilled craftsmen to produce distinctive conversions of a range of Ford vehicles.
Wellhouse Leisureis an award-winning camper conversion specialist based in Skelmanthorpe near Huddersfield and is also Ford QVM accredited. Since 2003, Wellhouse has undertaken thousands of camper van conversions, and has worked with Ford since 2013.
Transit Custom Nugget sets up in UK
For those looking for a more conventional campervan, a new vehicle from Ford direct joins this expanding market ready for next summer. Ford will launch the Transit Custom Nugget camper in the UK this autumn ready for the 2020 season as the first campervan available from Ford dealers.
The new model, developed in conjunction with camper specialist Westfalia, appeared at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium in January and has already gone in sale in several European markets, with UK specifications and prices to follow this year.